Legacy Island is located along a beautiful section of the Bow River upstream of the Carseland Weir. The Government of Alberta leased this land to the Bow River Chapter of Trout Unlimited Canada in 2003. Part of our lease agreement is annual maintenance and protection of the habitat.
On October 22, 2016 24 volunteers from the Bow River Chapter and the Nature Conservancy of Canada gathered for the 2016 Legacy Island riparian restoration project. Here is a quick summary of what we were able to accomplish:
- planted roughly 200 cottonwood seedlings and stakes plus another 100 willow stakes. All rootstock plants are marked by painted survey stakes so the team can come back later for future watering and grass control activities.
- filled about 8 garbage bags of burdock and henbane, invasive weeds that can cause problems in riparian areas. We were not quite able to get to the entire island, but we removed weeds from a sizable portion.
- installed a large gate and signage in hopes of deterring prohibited motorized vehicle use on the island.
A special thank you to all of our volunteers, Friends of Fish Creek and the Nature Conservancy for providing equipment, and especially to the Alberta Conservation Association for providing the funding to make this project possible.